[ cheers and applause ] tonight on "nightline" -- buy me love. they're rich, famous, and single. we go inside a dating service like no other that promises true romance for 150,000 a pop. he's got the money. so will she be his perfect match? plus, anatomy of an a-lister. looks, talent, and that extra something special. jennifer lawrence has it. fans eating her up in "the hungary games." >> thank you. >> matthew mcconaughey has it, up for an oscar for "dallas buyers club." tonight their surprising secrets for super success. and another kennedy trial. kerry kennedy accused of drugged driving. >> i want to apologize to the driver of the truck.
good evening and thanks for joining us. for the rich, famous, and single a date probably includes at least a pricey dinner for two at some swanky bistro. but how much does it cost them to meet that special someone? well, if you want a top dating concierge to make sure it's a perfect fit, try a whopping $150,000. you're about to go inside a world of high-end dating where they say the almighty buck can buy you off. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: the laughter. >> absolutely. >> reporter: the wine. that flirty touch. they say money can't buy love.
but it turns out for $150,000 you can buy your own personal cupid. >> i'm a big romantic. >> reporter: marcus john is just one of the successful single men and women willing to pay big to find the one by placing their love life in the hands of this woman. >> this is amber. >> reporter: meet amber kellehe kelleher-andrews, a professional matchmaker whose clients are a who's who of the rich, powerful, and famous. she's been credited with matching paula abdul, hoda kotb, and bode miller. >> we'll have some of the biggest names in wall street, and then we had lots of movie stars down in l.a. depending upon whatever industry it is, we tend to have the biggest and the brightest. >> do they worry about gold diggers? >> not with us. like when people have big names and they have a lot of reasons to be discreet, to come to kelleher and us give them a gold digger it just doesn't happen. >> reporter: 40% of single americans say they go online to look for love.
but kelleher international says it's all about people matching people, not computers, an old school approach they've turned into a booming business. and an expensive one for kelleher's top-of-the-line ceo club service you'll shell out a cool six figures. >> $150,000 for a matchmaking service. i mean, on some level aren't you embarrassed to ask for that much? >> there's nothing embarrassing about putting value to what you're paying for. these people go out and spend 250 on a car. they'll go and spend 3 million on a house. >> a lot of people might look at that and say this is a guy who's paying for guaranteed action. >> it's not what these guys come for. they can get action on their own. they don't need to pay for action. they're paying for the relationship. >> hi. it's marcus. >> reporter: for some busy professionals buying a chance at true love is money well spent. >> i'm on the road about 220, 250 days a year. >> wow. >> so there isn't any time in
any one place. marc sus a high powered international sports marketing rep. >> 9:00 in sao paolo. >> reporter: when he's not making big money deals, he's flying planes, racing motorcycles, and surfing. the man who has it all except a woman to share it with. >> if i may, how much are you paying for this? >> it's not cheap. yeah. but again, probably the most important person in your life ultimately. can you place a price on love? probably not. >> reporter: so he's traveled to the swanky fairmont hotel in san francisco to meet amber the matchmaker in person. >> hi, marcus. hi. nice to meet you. >> hello. >> the primary things are family values, i think it's very important. it's just important because that's the nucleus of it all. >> right. >> i have a strong faith. i think sharing is hugely important. you guys have got to be just sharing buddies all day long. >> reporter: marcus tells amber his ideal life partner has strong faith, an adventurous spirit, and that he prefers women who hail from the pacific
islands. now that amber knows what marcus is looking for, she can search kelleh kelleher's database of singles to try to zero in on a match. >> this is our own software. >> reporter: the computer database includes 30,000 eligible men and women. >> you can get really specific. you can get into height. you can get into weight, hair color, eye color. >> reporter: one name that immediately jumps out to us from the list, football star terrell owens. >> a lot of people watch and say are you kidding me? terrell oh snenz come on, the guy could have any woman he wants. >> reporter: she says famous athletes actually have a rough time meeting the right person. >> they're really good at having maybe one-night stands or having relationships here and there, but when it comes down to having a relationship once they commit to that they're really good about it because they really know how to commit to something. they're trained in that way. >> reporter: amber says thousands of eager singles submit plxs to be placed in her database every month. >> all right. so if she's close to your height you're fine? >> reporter: the lucky few who are accepted pay far less than
the top-tier clients but are still subject to extensive background research. >> one of the things that's different about us, we don't advertise that we're free for anyone. so we don't get the model types that just have kind of like that chip on their shoulder where they think they're beautiful and therefore they should get a rich guy. the women that actually come to us, they're really curious about, you know, how does this process work? i would really like to find a relationship. >> reporter: in her database maria kepps catches am err's eye as a possible match for marcus. >> hi. my name is maria. i'm 34. and i work for a non-profit called a place called home in los angeles. my mom's also confused why it's so hard for me to find a date. >> reporter: but despite amber's background digging team finds these reece kaye modeling pictures of maria online. amber immediately tells marcus, but he is unfazed. >> hello. >> reporter: and still wants to keep his date with maria. >> so nice to meet you. hello, maria. >> hi. >> my name is marcus. >> hi, marcus. are you hungry? >> yes.
let's go. >> reporter: unlike a lot of first dates, the chitchat starts flowing immediately. >> do you go to the theater? >> yes. i love the -- >> reporter: right away we notice the body language. maria doesn't just push in closer. she touches marcus on the arm, on the hand. she is not shy. we catch her hand wandering his direction ten separate times in the first 20 minutes. >> oh, my gosh. you have the same bracelet? you're kidding me. wow. that's spooky. i tell you what. >> reporter: they even have the exact same bracelet on. it's all smiles as they wrap up. >> all right. there you go. >> you look happy. >> it is nice. >> yeah. >> it's the same. >> it's the same one. >> reporter: after lunch amber wants more than just gossip. she wants details. >> whatever you do, you're very good at it. >> reporter: we pull marcus aside to get the lowdown before he has to catch a flight on business. >> how was it? >> it was fun. it was fun. we had a lot of things in
common. you know, she's very sporty. very spontaneous. so it's a really fun, you know, hour of a great meal and an hour of conversation. yeah. >> how often do you meet someone and it's just one thing after another that you have in common. >> are you looking only for those elite very successful guys? >> i'm looking for that personality is dauntless and passionate about life. >> reporter: there certainly doesn't appear to be any shortage of business. amber claims to have an 80% success rate, including this happy couple. ♪ seen her at their wedding. all credit, they say, to amber and her team. too soon to say what will happen with marcus and maria. but while money can't buy love it can buy you a lot more dates. if it turns out they're not meant to be, amber will be busy trying again. i'm neal karlinsky for
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what does it take to become the cream of the hollywood crop? sure, there's the dazzling smile, abnormally defined jawline. maybe even some raw talent. but is there something more? a remarkable recipe separating the elite from those who never quite make it in tinsel town? abc's nick watt traces the anatomy of an a-lister for our series "oscar confidential." >> he put a canvas bag over my head! are you happy now? because he is trying to kill me! >> what are you talking about? >> reporter: jennifer lawrence. so hot right there. christian bale and matthew
mcconaughey. and bradley cooper. >> i don't like that you're in jail while he's going free. i don't like any of that. >> reporter: so hot right now. so oscar buzzy. but are they actual movie stars? >> what is it that catapults somebody to that level? >> you become a movie star when people want to see you. >> reporter: when they don't care who you're playing, who's directing, what the movie is about. they just want to see you. >> how many actors do you think there are who are -- rough figure, who are kind of up there? >> probably about a dozen. >> who tops the list? who makes it? how, why, and how do we know when they've actually made it? >> bradley cooper? >> mm. >> hot shot casting director carey barden worked on "august osage county" and "dallas buyers club." his films have an actor nominated in every category this year. >> you are in rare form today. >> i'm just truth telling. >> there's something about movie stars that make you want to be around them. but there's also a charisma.
like a kennedy. >> reporter: talent plus charisma equals clooney. right? >> when you look at george clooney's box office as a movie star, he's not at brad pitt's level. even adam sandler's level. >> really? >> yeah. he does not open movies the way those other stars do. but he projects our sort of best ideal of what we think a movie star should be. >> reporter: but if clooney's name is attached a movie will always get made. >> looking good, man. >> reporter: i say a-list, but they say successfully opening a blockbuster movie as the marquee name is another crucial benchmark for the a-list. christian bale has done it with "batman." he's made it. could have made it on talent alone. carey bardon cast him in "american psycho." >> hey, paul. >> he scared me in the audition. one of the audition scenes was the one where he chops up jared leto's character in the film.
and he scared me. it was like -- and he's that actor. >> reporter: so even though in a leaked recording from the set of "terminator salvation" he dropped the f bomb 39 times in a four-minute rant at a member of the crew. [ bleep ] you're amateur. >> reporter: he later apologized and we forgave him because he's just so darn good. but we all remember that russell crowe threw a phone at a hotel concierge and -- >> his position at the sort of top of the hollywood heap did get diminished. >> reporter: despite the fact that he did apologize. similarly the seldom smiling but utterly magnetic kristen stewart, she was tipped after "twilight" as the next big thing. >> kristen stewart is in an interesting place. she made "snow white and the huntsman," and that did really well. and then the sort of scandal broke. >> reporter: she had an affair with the director and r-pats dumped her. and everyone took his side. >> you have to be likeable offscreen as well. >> not necessarily.
i think you just have to be not aggressively unlikeable. >> reporter: okay. so let's take a look at j-law, who is the next big thing. she is "the hunger games." last year's earnings, second only to angelina. and then there's this. >> you guys are just standing up because you feel bad that i fell. and that's really embarrassing. >> she's a sweetheart. she's just a goofy girl. >> i'm sorry. i did a shot before i -- >> from the sort of internet's perspective she's a sort of human gif machine. >> reporter: here she is photo-bombing taylor swift. >> i was going to come in and push down the stairs. >> reporter: carey bardon cast her in her first movie role in "winter's bone" after one audition. >> i don't think i can anymore. >> when somebody walks in the door, can you tell within the first five or six seconds whether they have something? >> after doing this for 20-something years, yes. >> jennifer. >> reporter: j-law is just 23
and already a movie star. so what about mcconaughey? lauded for his turn in "dallas buyers club." he's taking a different, longer road. >> how are you doing? >> reporter: and this is where it all began. >> i will see you there. >> when i saw "dazed and confused," that guy was a really fascinating, interesting actor and really popped on the screen. >> here, boy. >> reporter: but his career meandered a little through a decade or two in which mcconaughey became famous for taking his shirt off. >> i mean, listen, i liked "magic mike." don't get me wrong. but he's gone to another level. >> matthew mcconaughey has gone through the sort of matthew mcconnaissance as has been the term. >> reporter: get it? renaissance? mccon aissance? he's taken offbeat roles in offbeat movies. >> welcome to the dallas buyers club. >> reporter: his first nomination and he wants to win. >> so you're not one of these
guys who says this doesn't matter? >> this is what i do. this is my career now. this is what i'm trying to be as good as i can be at. i'm trying to lower my handicap, to use a golf term. >> especially if he wins the best actor academy award this year, i think that really does put him on track o'becoto becom movie star yeah. >> reporter: he's the name on "interstellar" out later this year. and if it's a success then mchufm mcmunky is in the movie star pantheon. who's number one? robert downey jr. he's never won an oscar. no nominations this year. and there were the substance abuse issues along the way. but rdj topped the list last year earning $75 million. "iron man" made him a movie star, and "sherlock" proved it. >> it really showed that people want to see robert downey jr. and they will go to a movie with him in it because he's in it. >> reporter: sounds nebulous?
this doesn't. "iron man 3" took over a billion dollars at the box office. the biggest movie last year. rdj is the biggest movie star on earth. why? it can be an intangible quality. there is of course no actual formula. i'm nick watt for "nightline" in los angeles. >> thanks, nick. next, we're thunder struck by these musicians putting a fresh spin on a 500-year-old instrument and a rock classic. ♪ [ terri ] my antidepressant worked hard to help with my depression. but sometimes, i still struggled to get going, even get through the day. so i was honest with my doctor. i told him i'd been feeling stuck for a long time. he said that for some people, an antidepressant alone only helps so much and suggested we add abilify (aripiprazole). he said that by taking both, some people had symptom improvement as early as 1 to 2 weeks. i wish i'd talked to my doctor sooner.
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the sleeping aid ambien before she hit a truck in 2012. >> i want to apologize to all those i endangered while driving my car. >> but according to kennedy, she took it accidentally, believing it was a different pill. the big question for the jury -- should she have known it was time to get off the road? she's charged with a misdemeanor and has pled not guilty. from the courtroom to the basketball court. jason collins made history last night, becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in an nba game. >> number 46, jason collins. >> the seven-foot 35-year-old collins was offered a ten-day contract by the brooklyn nets, and he remains convinced he made the right choice by coming out. >> life is so much better for me. i mean, i don't have to hide who i am. i can just be my normal self. >> support now pouring in from the sports world and beyond. and finally ax new spin on courtly music. the instrumental group 2cellos releasing their take on ac/dc's heavy metal tune "thunderstruck."
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